Born in Pompeii, tenor Massimo Giordano has gained attention as an important leading tenor with opera houses throughout the world including Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Munich, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Zurich Opera, Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, Teatro La Fenice, Venice, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bolshoi Opera Moscow and many others. He has also sung at the Glyndebourne and Salzburg Festivals.
Massimo Giordano begins the 2007/2008 season singing Alfredo in La traviata at the Teatro Regio di Parma. He will then travel to Los Angeles Opera for Rodolfo in La bohème. He returns to the Deutsche Oper Berlin for Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, and sings both Alfredo and the title role of Werther for the Bavarian State Opera. Mr. Giordano will also sing his first Cavaradossi in Tosca for Dallas Opera. In the spring of 2009 Giordano will sing his first Lensky in a new production of Eugene Onegin for the Glyndebourne Festival under Vladimir Jurowski.
During the 2006/2007 season Massimo Giordano’s engagements included his debuts at both Lyric Opera of Chicago and Pittsburgh Opera as Romeo, his first Lensky in a new production of Eugene Onegin at Glyndebourne under Vladimir Jurowski, La rondine for Dallas Opera, and a new production of Puccini’s Il Trittico at the Metropolitan Opera under James Levine.
Massimo Giordano studied flute and voice at the Conservatorio G. Tartini in Trieste and completed his vocal studies under Cecilia Fusco. After winning numerous vocal competitions, Giordano made his professional debut in the title role of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito in Spoleto in 1997. This was followed by his first performances as Ernesto in Don Pasquale at the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste, performances of Alfredo in La traviata and the title role in Werther in Spoleto. It was his portrayal of Werther at Reggio Emilia in 1999 which led rapidly to a succession of important debuts. These debuts included Roméo et Juliette at Parma 1999, the title role in Massenet’s Le Jongleur de Notre Dame at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma under Gianluigi Gelmetti, Verdi’s Il giorno di Regno at the Teatro alla Scala in 2001 and Fenton in Falstaff at Salzburg in 2001- first at the Easter Festival under Claudio Abbado and then in the Summer Festival under Lorin Maazel. Fenton was the role which also introduced him to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden under Antonio Pappano in 2003 as well as at the Semper Oper in Dresden. He debuted at the Teatro Real in Madrid as the Duke in Rigoletto, at the Zurich Opera as Werther, and at the Vienna State Opera as Nemorino in L’elisir d’Amore. He added Gerald in Delibe’s Lakmé at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, again appearing in Lakmé and as Ruggero in La rondine in Rome. He made his debuts at both the Teatro Regio in Turin and the Teatro San Carlo in Naples as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. Giordano made his American stage debut as Alfredo at the Santa Fe Opera in 2002 and has also performed this role at La Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Florence and Tokyo and in a production by Franco Zeffirelli at the Bolshoi in Moscow.
In the 2004/2005 season the artist bowed at both the Frankfurt Opera and the Bavarian State Opera as Roméo. He also starred as Rinnucio in Glyndebourne’s new production of Gianni Schicchi under Vladimir Jurowski. In April of 2005 Giordano made his New York debut as Wilhelm Meister in Opera Orchestra of New York’s concert performance of Ambroise Thomas’s Mignon under Eve Queler.
Other recent engagements for Massimo Giordano have included his debut at the Opera de Monte Carlo as Nemorino, a return to the Deutsche Opera Berlin as Werther and Alfredo and his debut at the Berlin State Opera in June of 2006 as Rodolfo. After his Metropolitan Opera debut as Des Grieux in Manon during the 2005/2006 season, he appeared in the same role at the Teatro alla Scala. The artist also returned to Trieste for La traviata.
Massimo Giordano often performs in concert and has sung Verdi’s Requiem under Riccardo Chailly in Amsterdam, Toulouse, Vienna, Dresden and Budapest, under Zubin Mehta in Tel Aviv and under Gianluigi Gelmetti in Rome and Sydney. He has worked with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Bruno Campanella, Riccardo Chailly, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Alain Guingal, Gabriele Ferro, Lorin Maazel, Antonio Pappano, and Michel Plasson and with stage directors such as Declan Donnellan, Alberto Fassini, Pierluigi Pizzi, Luca Ronconi, Graham Vick, and Franco Zeffirelli.